It’s been a number of years since the Midland Free Press “folded” here in The Heart of Huronia after serving readers since 1879. The Free Press/Herald at one point in its history produced well over 8,000 copies as it slowly moved towards becoming a daily, a goal it sadly never achieved.
Lack of consistent advertising, growing cost of news print and hydro stalled growth of the “Freep.” The late Charlie Noquet and Ken Sommers were renowned sports writers locally, while free lancing for major metro papers when it came to sports. Sommers was also a keen police and court reporter.
The late Art LePan, a cigar smoking writer, photo transfer operator, proof reader, Jack of All Trades was a backbone at the King Street newspaper. Moving to a new building across from Post Office on First Street, The Free Press operated the most modern press of its kind in the business.
Then came competing newspapers, The Times and later The Mirror. Now with OurMidland.ca, your new Internet community news website, you now get local news seven days a week. Our Midland welcomes local tips, news items and suggestions…..We would like to believe that even though Midland Free Press is officially dead its memory/spirit lives on and that would make the Cranston family, former long time owners of the paper, pleased for it was the senior Cranston who coined the phrase “living in the Heart of Huronia.”